‘Mama, there goes that man,’ back again to the Cardinals major league roster.
St. Louis recalled the speedy Magneuris Sierra to the big club for the third time this season Saturday after Stephen Piscotty hit the 10-day disabled list with a right groin strain.
Sierra began the year at High-A Palm Springs before the Cardinals made the surprising decision to call him all the way up to major league action back in early May. Sierra–previously known for his defensive polish but rawness at the plate–proceeded to tie a franchise record with a hit in eight consecutive games to begin his Cardinals career (that’s Homer Smoot territory).
The eighth game of that streak came when he was recalled briefly upon Jedd Gyorko’s paternity leave in early June. After his taste of big-league action, Sierra was sent to Springfield (AA), where he has held his own, posting a .293/.326/.403 batting line to go with 11 stolen bases and a sterling defensive reputation.
Sierra’s return coincides with a timely break for Piscotty, who has battled personal struggles–his mother’s diagnosis with ALS–and now injury during a rocky 2017 campaign. After signing a contract extension in April, Piscotty has compiled a .236/.348/.371 batting line for the season, well-below his standard performance for his young career.
The Cardinals will look for Sierra to provide yet another burst for the club as Piscotty prepares to get healthy and return to action without fear of re-aggravating the injury.